Petition Target: Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen
UPDATE (6/20/2023): In a big win for animals, the U.S government has reinstated rules that will stop the mass purchase of wild horses and burros, protecting them from money-hungry kill buyers who want to ship them off to slaughter for profit. You can read our full story here. We sent our petition, signed by more than 25,727 people, to the Forest Service. We’re continuing to advocate for wild horses everywhere! Thank you to everyone who signed our petition and spoke up for these precious animals! –Lady Freethinker Staff
America’s iconic wild horses are in grave danger of being sold off to meat slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada — where torture and painful death await.
U.S. Forest Service has just built its first corral for wild horses, where it is holding 260 animals rounded up from Modoc National Forest in Northern California. The horses’ fates hang in the balance as they may soon be shipped off to foreign slaughterhouses and brutally butchered for meat.
For decades, wild horses and burros have been protected by a ban on the slaughter of healthy animals or any sale that results in their harm. This is because federal law prohibits any such actions by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
But by building their own pen instead of following the usual protocol of sending the horses to BLM-operated pens, Forest Service is sidestepping the only protections that could save these animals from the kill floor.
Instead of brutally killing America’s horses, the government should enact cruelty free population control measures, such as reducing births. Better yet, they should protect the public land on which these majestic creatures roam free.
Sign the petition to urge US Forest Service not to send one single wild horse or burro to slaughter. These majestic animals must not be sent to their death.